About Lasik

LASIK(Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis) is a state-of-the-art procedure to correct farsightedness, nearsightedness, with or without astigmatism. The goal of Laser Vision Correction is to decrease a patient’s dependency on contacts or glasses. A computer controlled laser (VISX S 4 excimer laser) is used to reshape the corneal curvature, resulting in images focusing correctly on the retina. This re-shaping occurs beneath a thin flap of cornea made by the INTRALASE, another type of laser.

At the Michigan Eyecare Institute, we use a state-of-the-art INTRALASE laser and a, VISX S4 excimer eye-tracking laser that produces an exceptionally smooth treatment.

LASIK combines the precision of the computer-controlled excimer laser with the technology of an instrument called an INTRALASE. With LASIK, the surgeon uses the INTRALASE to make a flap in the outer layer of the cornea. The VISX S4 excimer laser then sculpts the internal corneal tissue according to the individual's refractive requirements, and the corneal flap is laid back in its original position. Due to the cornea's natural bonding qualities, stitches are usually not required. Patients go home with a patch over their eye and come in the following day to see the doctor. Healing for most patients is so fast that vision can improve within hours of the procedure, and many patients return to work the next day.

Contact Lens Wearers

LASIK patients must stop wearing their soft lenses for at least 2 weeks prior to the doctor's exam. Hard or gas-permable lens wearers must stop wearing their contacts at least 3 weeks prior to the doctor's exam. The cornea must return to its natural state in order to obtain accurate information.

The Day of the Surgery

Patients arrive about an hour prior to their surgery time. They receive a series of eyedrops to numb and sterilize the eye. They are prepped by the nursing staff and positioned under the laser. The doctor talks the patient through the entire process, step-by-step. Laser time is usually between 10-30 seconds and the procedure takes about 15 minutes per eye. A clear patch is placed over the eye(s) for protection. Patients need someone to drive them home, then return for a post-op exam the next day. Blurred vision is common at the first post-op visit. The most important decision to make regarding LASIK surgery is to choose a reputatable organization with skilled and experienced ophthalmologists. (See SURGEONS page)

The IntraLase Method™

What is The IntraLase Method™?

The IntraLase Method™ is a 100% blade-free approach to creating your corneal flap, the thin flap of tissue that the doctor folds back in order to perform your LASIK procedure. The IntraLase Method™ can only be performed using the InstraLase FS laser.

Traditionally, doctors have used an instrument called a microkeratome for the creation of corneal flaps. The microkeratome is a hand-help blade that moves across the eye, cutting the corneal flap as it goes. While LASIK is extremely safe, if complications do occur the microkeratome is most often the cause.

The IntraLase Method™, by contrast, enables your doctor to create your corneal flap without a blade ever touching your eye.

How does it work?

With the IntraLase Method™, tiny pulses of laser light, a quadrillionth of a second each, pass harmlessly through the outer portion of your cornea and form a uniform layer of microscopic bubbles just beneath the surface of your eye.

The exact dimensions of this layer of bubbles are determined by your doctor based on what’s best for your eye, and are computer controlled for maximum precision – things that are not possible with a hand-held blade. The IntraLase flap creation process takes about 15 to 30 seconds.

When it’s time for your LASIK treatment to be performed, your doctor easily separates the tissue where these bubbles occur and then folds it back, thus creating your corneal flap.

When LASIK is complete, a flap created using the IntraLase Method™ is uniquely able to “lock” back into place. Your eye then begins to rapidly heal.

Is it right for me?

If you’re looking for blade-free treatment that virtually eliminates the most severe sight-threatening complications, the answer is yes.

The IntraLase Method™ also delivers outstanding visual results: more patients achieve vision that is 20/20 or better when the IntraLase Method™ is used. And patients report better quality of vision overall, particularly in terms of their ability to see well in low light, such as at dusk or at night.

What else should I know?

Preferred by patients. In a clinical survey of LASIK patients who had their corneal flaps created using a blade in one eye and the IntraLase Method™ in the other, the vision in the IntraLase-treated eye was preferred 3-to-1 (among those who states a preference).

Proven and trusted. Over a million procedures have been performed safely and effectively using the IntraLase Method™.

The most advanced treatment there is. Advanced IntraLase technology gives your doctor the highest degree of surgical control for the most effective procedure you can have.

Ultimately, the 100% blade-free IntraLase Method™ gives patients more confidence and less anxiety going in for LASIK treatment, and excellent vision coming out.

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